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A 23-year-old female asked:

is it ok to eat sweets or fried foods on "cheat days"? or do i need to avoid them all together?

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Dr. Geraldine Goertzen
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
You can be human: I assume you are on a weight loss or restricted diet. One of the important things to plan to be successful is to make sure the experience is not so miserable that you cannot maintain it. That's what cheat days are for. If you give yourself a break every once in a while, it makes it more agreeable to continue the plan. Cheating means eating what is normally not allowed, so anything goes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Each person is: different in terms of how they approach setting healthy nutrition goals or weight loss plans. Some people give themselves "cheat days" to prevent being discouraged. People on low carb diets would probably want to avoid sweets. People on low fat diets would probably want to avoid fried foods. What is important is that our diet is balanced. If you want to lose weight - insure that calories burned

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